Multicultural Environment

Picture of the school Atrium with lots of flags

At ISL Surrey we do things a little differently to achieve excellent results. We enable excellence by building on the natural curiosity of our students and their innate desire to learn about the world around them. We consciously embrace a genuinely international mindset, welcoming all types of families from across the world, joining our local families in our warm and friendly community.

Our staff come from more than fifteen different nationalities and we have up to twenty seven languages spoken in our school, although English is the school-wide language of communication.

Being part of an environment with people of different backgrounds, races and nationalities is a rewarding and fulfilling personal experience for all. Students learn to embrace diversity and tolerance, and grow up free from cultural barriers and stereotyping. This is not always easy, but our children learn from a very young age to think about the bigger world around them, enriching their total learning experience, and producing benefits that last far into future careers and lives.

Language is central to all learning and teaching at ISL Surrey and is both a tool for further learning and an outcome in itself. We value the role all languages play in personal, social and cultural development as well as in promoting, maintaining and celebrating internationalism within our community.

We have a unique programme that nurtures language, in lessons taught during the school day and integrated into the curriculum. English-speaking children benefit from the opportunity to acquire French as an additional language. Years 1 to 6 enjoy an impressive five lessons a week, of forty five minutes each.

For our international students, we aim to offer these lessons in their mother tongue. Currently we offer eleven different languages. These languages include Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian. Each year additional languages are offered as needed.

Find out more about our extensive languages programme